network attached storage

Should I buy or build network attached storage?

Episode 963

Rich from New York City, NY

Rich has two Western Digital 2TB hard drives that have failed on him. Leo says that hard drives can fail, even in the very beginning. Larger hard drives can fail more often, but they are getting better. Western Digital replaced the failed drives and he's thinking of building a network attached storage (NAS). He's wondering if it would be easier to just buy one instead. Leo says that buying is easier and he likes Synology for that.

How do I backup all of my computers to my network attached storage?

D-Link DNS-320

Episode 947

Chris from Georgia

Chris has a D-link DNS 320 networked attached storage enclosure (NAS). Leo says that the NAS has built in software that should go out and get the backup. It's one of the greatest things about having a NAS. He doesn't need software on his computers for it. Then he can do cloud backup to Carbonite via the NAS. (Disclaimer: Carbonite is a sponsor).

How can I create a local backup solution with Network Attached Storage?

Episode 945

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Leo says that while a local, centralized backup solution via network attached storage (NAS) is a great idea, it shouldn't take the place of off site options. NAS is a good idea though and using something like Netgear's ReadyNAS or the Synology Diskstation is a good, solid option. He recommends getting one with three or more disks that supports RAID 5.

What's the best backup solution?

Netgear ReadyNAS

Episode 940

Tony from Los Angeles, CA

Tony works for a security firm and he wants to mirror the data of a hard drive onto a RAID. Leo says the first thing Tony should do is clone the drive since it's a very important drive to his job. Drive's will eventually die, so it's vital for Tony, or anyone for that matter, to clone the drive to back it up. Hard drives usually come with utilities for this purpose. EaseUS has a great imaging utility for that. Once that's done, save the original drive in a safe place and then use the cloned drive moving forward.

How can I backup the data on my RAID 0 Network Attached Storage?

Episode 931

Frank from Tustin, CA

Robert's Buffalo Network Attached Storage device is randomly rebooting, and he wants to get the data from those drives backed up onto something else. He wants to take one of the drives out, back it up to another machine, and replace it.

Leo says that in a RAID 0 configuration, the two drives together make up what appears to be one drive, and they cannot be read independent from one another. If he has RAID set to Mirror each drive, then if he'd lose one drive, he'd still have his data. His best bet would be to get a second Buffalo NAS and duplicate the RAID.